New Girl funnyman Max Greenfield told Celebuzz that portraying playboy millionaire Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation of author E.L. James’ racy trilogy could be the role of a lifetime.
“I want to audition for the movie,” said Greenfield. “I think I’d be great in it!”
But is Greenfield ready for all of those NSFW scenes?
He added, “Look, when I read the book, I thought, ‘What a comedy!’ I think maybe I can bring a little bit of validity to the situation. Sometimes, you try to figure out life and what it all means, and maybe I only got this New Girl job so that I would be enough of a commodity to get the role of Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey. I’d probably retire after I did that because I think my performance would be just spot-on.”
“I don’t even think it’s a shirtless thing,” he deadpanned. “I think it’s more of a raw intensity thing. Obviously, I’m the man for the job.”
And when it comes to casting his perfect Fifty Shades of Grey co-star, Greenfield said he wants Girls star Lena Dunham to play his leading lady, Anastasia Steele. After all, the actor said, he’d love to guest-star on the HBO series.
“She’s fantastic,” he said of Dunham. “What if Judd [Apatow] and I collaborated and turned Fifty Shades of Grey into a movie together? That’s what I’d like to do. Me, Lena [Dunham] and Judd. It’s a done deal. I’m calling whoever owns the rights and making this happen.”
But will the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon ever pop up on New Girl? Greenfield seemed hopeful that Schmidt might take an interest in the novel after realizing how many ladies he could score — after his penis cast removal, of course.
“I have read anything in any of those scripts about Fifty Shades of Grey, but I’m sure that it’s going to come up. If we were going to do it, we’d have to dedicate an entire episode to it and go all out. Slowly but surely, everyone in the apartment will be reading it. It will be like a sexual awakening!”
New Girl Season 2 premieres Sept. 25 at 8 PM on Fox, followed by another all-new episode at 9 PM.
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